Texas Gov. Rick Perry has pleaded "not guilty" on two felony
charges that he abused his power, the San Antonio Express-News
reports. He was indicted last Friday.
The governor has also waived his arraignment, which had been set
Perry turned himself in Tuesday afternoon to be booked
and have his mug shot taken at the Travis County Justice Center. In
a news conference after his booking, he called the felony counts
"baseless political charges."
U.S. officials say military planners are weighing the
possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to
provide additional security around Baghdad.
A senior U.S. official says the number of troops currently under
discussion would be fewer than 300, but there has been no final
decision yet by Pentagon leaders.
The talks come as American fighter jets and drones conducted
nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday when Islamic State
militants threatened to kill a second American captive in
retribution for any continued attacks.
LINCOLN, Neb. — The ACLU of Nebraska says saying law
enforcement agencies in the state have “grossly misused” Tasers
several times, jolting an elderly, disabled Omaha man with
dementia, a drunk man who was “staring down” a cop from a Grand
Island hospital bed and a combative 10-year-old Kearney
The report released Tuesday examined 11 police
departments in 2013-2014, but was unable to include the state’s two
largest police departments, the Omaha Police Department and the
Lincoln Police Department, which refused to provide complete copies
of their Taser policies or redacted police reports. The ACLU said
it’s preparing a lawsuit to get the policies.
Reddit, the District of Columbia voter registration form. In
our nation's capitol, you can register Democratic, Republican,
Green Party, or Liberterian. Though this form is still the
version available for download on the D.C. Department of Motor
Vehicles site, a spokesperson from the Board of Elections
DCist that the form is "outdated" and no longer
Reddit commenters offer some additional fun with D.C.
American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen
airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, a U.S. official said, even as
Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American
captive in retribution for any continued attacks.
The strikes came in the hours after militants released a
gruesome video Tuesday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being
ORLANDO, Fla. — A bullet from the gun of an Orlando police
officer killed an innocent woman in a downtown bar early Tuesday
morning, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. The shooting happened
at the Vixen bar at Pine Street and Orange Avenue.
Mina said Maria Godinez, 22, was inside the club when she was
struck and killed by a bullet from the gun of Officer Eduardo
Sanguino. "The preliminary indication is that during this situation
a bullet was discharged from Officer Eduardo Sanguino's firearm and
fatally struck Maria inside the establishment," Mina said.
Officers said that a little before 1 a.m. Tuesday, they received
a call that an armed man was in the downtown area making
The attorney general of Afghanistan on
Wednesday ordered the expulsion of an American correspondent for
The New York Times, Matthew Rosenberg, and banned him from
re-entering the country.
The action, the first public expulsion of a Western journalist
since the Taliban regime, came less than a day after the office of
the attorney general, Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, issued an order
prohibiting Mr. Rosenberg from leaving the country while he was
a blow to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's move to withdraw his
state from Common Core education standards, a state judge on
Tuesday blocked Jindal's plan to scrap a key set of standardized
tests due to be introduced in the coming school year.
Jindal's push to ditch Common Core, announced in June and given
teeth by his orders to scrap the multistate tests, came amid a
backlash against the English and math standards aimed at boosting
critical-thinking skills and unifying state guidelines.
Judge Todd Hernandez, in issuing a preliminary injunction
against the governor in a lawsuit filed by Common Core backers that
is awaiting trial, said plans to drop the tests, slated to serve as
a must-pass benchmark for fourth-graders, had sowed
On Wednesday morning, Twitter CEO
Dick Costolo tweeted, "We have been and are actively suspending
accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery,"
along with a link from The New York Times about
Some on Twitter reacted to Costolo with praise and thanks, but
the announcement also drew criticism:
As tension in Ferguson, Missouri shows no
sign of dissipating after over a week of clashes between
authorities and protesters, another black man in the St. Louis
area has been killed by police.
St. Louis police said today that a 23-year-old man wielding a
knife was shot and killed by two officers responding to calls about
a convenience store robbery. The man had stolen energy drinks and
pastry from the convenience store and was pacing around in front of
the store when officers arrived, according to police and
When confronted with police, the man reportedly told officers to
"shoot me now, kill me now" repeatedly.